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News Bites: Michael Jackson Memorial Lights Up Internet; Iran President Speaks Out; Music Labels & Web Radio Shake Hands; Google Continues World Domination

Like many people, I was stuck in the office during yesterday’s heart-wrenching Michael Jackson Memorial. But that didn’t stop me from watching the live stream on CNN.com.  Global Web traffic was at least 19 percent above normal, and as high as 33 percent above normal, during the memorial while CNN reported 9.7 million web streams between 12 p.m and 5 p.m. yesterday [CNN.com]

Yesterday Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday attempted to put the turmoil over the presidential elections behind him and declared on national television that the contests were clean, fair and marked the start of a new era. [MSNBC.com]

After two years of going back and forth, record labels and online radio stations finally agreed on new royalty rates that cover music streaming. This comes at a time when streaming radio stations were at risk of going out of business for having to pay roaring royalty fees. Finally the labels are starting to realize that it’s time to either get down or lay down. [New York Times]

Google is developing an operating system for personal computers in an effort to go up against Microsoft Windows.  I don’t know about you, but I am starting to think that Google is slowly but surely making moves to take over the world. Big Brother in full effect. I think I’ll pass. [BBC News]

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